Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas, everyone! Father Glitcher is here to teach you the true meaning of Christmas. *points to new avatar*
Our lesson for the day concerns the sharing of gifts on this blessed season. On another forum, I posted a topic asking if everyone had finished their Christmas shopping yet. Some were all bought and wrapped, some were still getting around to it, but there were also a few who replied that they helped each other choose gifts for themselves.
Now I'm a little irked by that, because I've always respected the tradition where gifts are meant to be a surprise and you should appreciate whatever present you get. As the old saying goes, "It's the thought that counts." The thoughtfulness is not just in the generosity, but the choice of gift. Something that you believe the recipient would really enjoy shows more consideration than the people who replied they bought gift cards. Gifts cards are practical, but impersonal, and I don't think they convey the same sensitivity of the Christmas spirit.
You might say that I'm nitpicking and I can excuse these quibbles as different traditions, but one thing that really riles me are the people who wrote about only buying gifts for themselves
! There are many different ways that people celebrate Christmas religiously and socially, but selfishness isn't one of them. I mean, why celebrate the holiday at all when you buy stuff for yourself all year round? One guy even had the gall to say he didn't buy gifts because they're too expensive, but that didn't stop him from splurging on his hobby.
I tried to make them see reason, but they wouldn't listen. Am I alone in this? Do you believe that Christmas is a time when you should think of others before yourself, or do you feel it's okay for people to treat only themselves this holiday?
PS. I'm packing to leave for California on Dec 21
. What could possibly go wrong?